In 2013, the Office of Diversity Affairs Senior Director Jessica Calderón-Mora and Unit Coordinator Mayra Morales, along with second-year Paul L. Foster School of Medicine student Jessica Phillips, and two Master of Public Health students from The University of Texas School of Public Health, conducted a qualitative climate study at the TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine to assess perceptions from full-time faculty members, students, residents, and staff members regarding the school’s overall climate of diversity.
One-0n-one interviews were conducted with 16 senior and junior faculty, and six resident physicians. Two focus groups comprised of staff, and two specifically of medical students, were also conducted for the study. The research team submitted a manuscript with findings and recommendations for publication. The team also presented a poster on the diversity climate assessment on April 26 at the 2014 AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI), Group on Student Affairs (GSA), and Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) National Meeting in San Diego, California.
“Through this presentation, we were able to inform medical school representatives nationwide of our campus findings regarding the cultivation of an inclusive environment and the initiatives we have implemented to address the gaps,” said Calderon-Mora. The research team is planning a qualitative survey that will be distributed campus-wide early next year.
For more information on diversity events, please contact the Office of Diversity Affairs at 915-783-6213 or email Diversity.Affairs.EP@ttuhsc.edu.